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Final Report of the California Alliance to Combat Trafficking and Slavery Task Force, October 2007.
In September 2005, California enacted its fi rst anti-traffi cking law (Assembly Bill 22, Lieber) to make human traffi cking a felony in this state and assist victims in rebuilding their lives. This law, as well as Senate Bill 180 (Kuehl, 2005), also established the California Alliance to Combat Traffi cking and Slavery (CA ACTS) Task Force to conduct a thorough review of California’s response to human traffi cking and report its fi ndings and recommendations to the Governor, Attorney General and Legislature. The law charged the Task Force with examining whether we are doing enough to identify the extent of human traffi cking in this state, protect and assist victims, prosecute traffi ckers and prevent this violation of human freedom.
Between March 2006 and July 2007, the Task Force held nine meetings to explore these issues. It heard many presentations by representatives of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) that provide services to human traffi cking victims; law enforcement; prosecutors; local, state and federal agencies; labor; farm workers; victim advocacy programs; academic researchers; and survivors of human traffi cking. In addition, the Task Force conducted research with many local, state and national experts, including service providers and researchers in the fi eld of human traffi cking.
Based on the result of these efforts, the Task Force prepared this report, Human Traffi cking in California.
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